I didn't know about the FAQ. So thanks for linking it.
OK. Replying to the FAQ, I hope this helps:
budget $800 or less (unless it's stupendous!)
Considering any 13" that has at least 1280 X 800 (wide screen basic res, right?)
It is not a replacement to my Desktop, but I do much more than Internet/Email, even when on the road
Battery life - 5 hours or better (unless this is unreasonable)
No games for me.
Photoediting, database programing, internet browsing, email
HD - doesn't matter
I buy mostly from Amazon, Newegg, Buy.com
I want to keep the laptop for as long as I don't have money to buy a new one - which can be a while the way things are Previously I used consider 3 years as the life span of a laptop, but I ended up using the thinkpad x31 for > 6 years! I wish I had the cash to replace it with Lenovo
Don't need optical drive
only brand I don't like is HP - open to all known others
I live in USA
the most important feature is weight, and for it to have enought RAM or at least be upgradeable to mucho RAM